Thursday, June 22, 2017

Last Day!!

Thank you so much to all of you who contributed to our yummy brunch party yesterday, and to everyone who was able to join us for the morning.

I meant to take pictures at the party, to share with those of you who weren't able to make it, but I guess I was having too much fun and didn't get around to it.

Instead, here are most of the kids at the end of the day.  The big smiles on everyone's faces show what a great day we had!!

Thanks to all of you for making this such a special year.  Enjoy the summer!!


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Friday Fun!

On Friday, the kids cheered on a group of SPHS graduating seniors, who had attended Small School. They were excited to congratulate them with a sign, and got a kick out of imagining that in 11 short years, they may be the ones marching down the Small School hallways!

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In library, on Friday, Mrs. Mason provided the kids with 3 different building materials to build and create with.  This was a culmination to the last several weeks when Mrs. Mason read books about building and creating interesting projects. The focus in library has been "Makerspace." See below for the Wikipedia description of how libraries are creating Makerspaces.

"In a library makerspace or maker program, patrons of varying ages can work together, alone, or with library staff on creative projects. These spaces often give community members access to tools, technology, and social connections that may not be easily accessible otherwise. The goal of a makerspace is to allow patrons to learn through direct experimentation and from each other." (wikipedia.com)

The kids had a blast collaborating and tapping into their creativity with these fun materials!















Some of the Makerspace-themed books in the library


     

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Maine Wildlife Park

We dodged the raindrops (mostly) and had a great trip to Maine Wildlife Park yesterday. Many kids were able to see the animals that they had done their animal research about. When we came back, we discussed which animals were their favorite. This was the perfect jumping off point to writing about opinions, which is what we'll be doing in writing this week!

Many thanks to our wonderful parent volunteers today, and to the PTA for funding all of our amazing field trips!





















Friday, June 2, 2017

Favorite Book Characters

We had a fun day yesterday! It was so great to see many in our class dressed as their favorite book characters. I loved the creative outfits!


The whole crew with Rachel, a senior from CEHS

Peter as Jack from The Magic Tree House

Neil as Stink from the Stink book series

Lucy as Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Freyja, as Hermione from Harry Potter. Note the creative use of her wand to help her read!

Violet as Harry Potter

Jack as Bear

Jackson, from the I Survived book

The whole first grade got to hear about the summer reading program at the South Portland Library. Ms Kim helped get the kids very excited for some fun reading challenges.  I encourage everyone to check it out sometime after the last day of school!!